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If Obama’s hope couldn’t inspire change, what makes Sanders think he can lead a revolution?

Let’s talk about a “political revolution.”

Democratic turnout in the 2016 New Hampshire primary was 250,974 this year. Bernie Sanders called that “huge,” and it was. In 2008, however, Democratic turnout was 287,556. That was about 15 percent huger.

Barack Obama campaigned for single-payer health care, just as Sanders is now. Obama ran on “hope and change,” and in 2008 he inspired the highest percentage of voter participation we had seen in 40 years — and 1968 was a year in which revolution was definitely in the air.

Sanders claims he can inspire a political revolution. Yet despite the fact that President Obama did have huge support, and saw Democratic majorities in both the House and Senate, he not only didn’t have the votes for single payer, he didn’t even have the votes for the public option.


Maybe Sanders can inspire that revolution, but it will have to be a huger one than Obama inspired in order for Sanders to have a chance to get done the things he wants to get done.

So far, the facts show that he’s not doing that.

Richard H. Schwartz